Friday, 21 December 2012

Mid winter solstice time ...

The 21st of December is always a turning point in my mind - the Winter Solstice marks our shortest day & longest night.

2012: 21 December at 11:12am GMT - Royal Observatory Greenwich

It is the turning point when the days will gradually lighten again as the darkness wanes & the light waxes - the balance shifts as the light triumphs over the darkness & it is enough to lift the spirits!


Many northern countries mark this time with Festivals of Light

I like to mark Winter with evergreens brought into the house over the Christmas - holly & ivy wreathes, laurel, rosemary, mistletoe which all represent the circle of life.


The ancient carol of The Holly and the Ivy echoes this:
The holly and the ivy
Now are both well grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly bears the crown
 
 

I always have lanterns  & candles in the house in winter to bring light & warmth to our home  - I suspect we all have a little Druid bit in our souls which wants to honor the passing of the seasons ....



Whatever you do, enjoy the waxing of the light & celebrate Mid Winter knowing that the light of Spring is coming or in the Biblical sense with the Holly thorns & the blood of Christ represented by the red berries ....



Unlike the Mayans, I have every confidence that the sun will rise in the east & set in the west on that day - just like every other day!

How are your festive preparations going? Are you ready for the holiday season?

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2 comments:

  1. Lovely traditions! The candles and the evergreens are really nice. I like candles at Christmas too. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Kim

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    1. Thank you Kim - I love how things start out & then gradually become part of our traditions. Blessings to you & yours too at Christmas

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